United Reformed Church (URC) signed a joint statement opposing the Illegal Migration Bill

by Cheon Young Cheol

The Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson, United Reformed Church General Assembly Moderator-Elect 2022-2023, helped deliver the statement opposing the government’s new ‘Illegal Migration Bill’.

Along with Dr Henry-Robinson, the statement was handed in to 10 Downing Street by representatives from The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church in Britain, Churches Together in England and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

The statement, signed by more than 1450 church leaders from across the UK, urged the government to withdraw the legislation, and establish “safe and accessible routes to enable the UK to play its part in welcoming people in need of safety”.

Dr Henry-Robinson said, “In the face of the UK government’s proposed illegal migration bill, it is essential to remember that our nation’s greatness lies not in turning our backs on those in need, but in embracing our shared humanity and committing to care for all.”

She added, “Across the world’s religions, we find a shared belief in the sacred duty of caring for our neighbours, visitors, strangers, and those seeking help across borders. By upholding these values of compassion and empathy, we can create a society that truly stands out as a beacon of hope for all.”

The full statement and list of signatories can be seen here: https://jpit.uk/response-to-illegal-migration-bill.

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